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MACHINE HEAD EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Head cases, we’ve announced our November and December European dates, who’s coming out to rage with us!? Be sure to track us on Bandsintown (http://www.bandsintown.com/machinehead) for updates on when we’re coming to you!

NOVEMBER

07-Nov France, Strasbourg La Laiterie
09-Nov Belgium, Tourhout, The Mast
10-Nov France, Paris, Bataclan
12-Nov France, Toulouse Bikini
14-Nov Spain, Barcelona Razzmatazz 1
15-Nov Spain, Madrid, Riviera
16-Nov Spain, Pamplona Zentral
17-Nov France, Marseille, Espace Julien
19-Nov Italy, Milan, Alcatraz
20-Nov Switzerland, Lausanne, Les Docks
21-Nov Switzerland, Zurich, Komplex
22-Nov Germany, Munich, Kesselhaus
23-Nov Austria, Vienna Gasometer
25-Nov Germany, Cologne Palladium
26-Nov Germany, Oberhausen Turbinehalle
27-Nov Germany, Wiesbaden, Schlachtof
29-Nov Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega
30-Nov Norway, Oslo Sentrum Scene

DECEMBER

01-Dec Sweden Stockholm Arenan
03-Dec Germany, Hamburg, Grosse Freheit
04-Dec Holland, Utrecht, Vredeburg
06-Dec UK, London Roundhouse
07-Dec UK, London Roundhouse
09-Dec UK, Portsmouth Guildhall
10-Dec UK, Bristol Academy
11-Dec UK, Plymouth Pavilions
13-Dec UK, Glasgow, Academy
14-Dec UK, Leeds Academy
16-Dec UK, Manchester Apollo
17-Dec UK, Nottingham Rock City
18-Dec UK, Birmingham Academy

MACHINE HEAD - BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS

There you have it. The new album title in all its glory my friends.

I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album. It’s been a heck of a ride. It looked like it might not ever happen again at one point, but man, this album is a milestone for us.

You’re going to love it Head Cases. 

Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth, it is also a lyric from the opening track of the album “Now We Die”. In many cultures the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife’s apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band.

Below is the track listing:

BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS

1. Now We Die
2. Killers & Kings
3. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
4. Night Of Long Knives
5. Sail Into The Black
6. Eyes Of The Dead
7. Beneath The Silt
8. In Comes The Flood
9. Damage Inside
10. Game Over
11. Imaginal Cells (instrumental)
12. Take Me Through The Fire

10 songs, an interlude, and an instrumental with an audio collage of spoken word snippets (think “Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies”) by Dr. Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman, taken from their (incredibly inspiring) audiobook “Spontaneous Evolution”.

It was once again produced by your truly The General and Juan Urteaga, and like the last 7 out of 8 albums masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson. Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with heavy metal legend Andy Sneap and Steve Lagudi. 

Guest musicians include 2 different string quartets featuring the original Quartet Rouge that appeared on our last album “Unto The Locust”. And a new all-male quartet which we featured on the song “In Comes The Flood”.

String arrangements for 2 of the songs “Now We Die” and “Sail Into The Black” came courtesy of myself and Rhys Fulber who has worked with everyone from Sarah McLachlan, to Fear Factory, and the string arrangement for “In Comes The Flood” came courtesy of myself and ex-Worship and current-Bring Me The Horizon keyboardist Jordan Fish, who is a producer in his own right.

We worked with several artists to complete the 28 page (!) “standard” CD booklet, as well as the 48 page (!) hardcover leather-bound Media-book that will serve as the special edition, including Rafal Wechterowicz, Marcelo Vasco, and long-time Machine Head art-collaborator Strephon Taylor. The theme was to have both CD and hardcover Mediabook look like an old Alchemy book from the 1800’s, with weathered edges, sepia toned pages, and magic / masonic / alchemy themed woodcarvings throughout. 

It turned out fucking amazing!! 

All album photos were done with our friend Travis Shinn who took some mind-bogglingly awesome photos, that again, were set to match the theme of the book with an old 1800’s / alchemy feel to them.

I’ve posted some pictures with this so you guys can get a sneak peak.

Enjoy maniacs!!

Attached is the album cover, media book hard cover, lyric sheet for Killers & Kings and our new band photo.

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One lucky Machine Head fan had their Go Pro taken by Robb and mounted by Dave’s drum kit. This is the killer fucking time Machine Head is having on the European leg of the Killers & Kings tour!! HEAD BANG MOTHER FUCKER!!!

BRIGHTON WAS FUCKING KILLER!!! THANK YOU HEADCASES FOR COMING OUT!! Repost from @mariegcphoto. Tag your photos with #machinehead and we will feature the best ones here! —- August 5th 2014 - New Blog post - Machine Head pics from Brighton show last night. http://mariegc.com/wordpress/2014/08/live-machine-head-in-brighton/ #machinehead #live #brighton #concorde2 #mariegc #mariegcphoto #phildemmel #robbflynn

A SOLD OUT AND FUCKING KILLER SHOW!! Repost from @jmarshall91 —- Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel #machinehead #music #guitar #waterfrontnorwich #metal

KILLER REVIEW OF MACHINE HEAD’S NOTTINGHAM SHOW

Photo by Sabrina Ramdoyal

Much like popping on GTA when you’ve got work to do or lending a slim-fit shirt to your mate Chubby Charlie, Machine Head playing a 450 capacity venue seems – in theory – to be a bad idea. Actually, scrap that – it’s downright ludicrous. Tickets for such a gig were seized in mere minutes after going on sale, entering the postboxes of punters with an obscene level of hype attached. Can the Bay Area bruisers hope to live up to expectations tonight?

Of course they can. It’s Machine Fucking Head: One of the most influential, inspirational and indebloodystructable metal bands to emerge this side of Iron Maiden. As the lights fade and Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary Of A Madman obnoxiously booms from the PA system, it’s plain to see just how important Machine Head are to the Nottingham faithful. And when the band stroll on stage, all sense of self-control is completely abandoned and the triumphant roar of ‘Hear me now!’ signals the rise of Imperium. No gimmicks. No frills. Just Machine Fucking Head.

And how do you follow up such a kick-arse, high-octane opening gambit? Well, you could play Beautiful Mourning and Locust straight after… Which is exactly what they do. Machine Head know exactly what their devotees crave and they deliver – for just under two hours, the Rescue Rooms are baptised in the blood, sweat and tears (beers, piss – whatever) of an audience going fifty shades of bonkers to some of the finest metal ever crafted.

The band are just such an overbearingly strong unit – Robb Flynn’s venomous bark duringTen Ton Hammer remains a highlight of the set; Phil Demmel’s incessant love for pulling funny faces never stops being endearing and new bassist Jared MacEachern looks like he’s been in the band since the beginning, albeit having the appearance of a James Hetfield impersonator. Machine Head are tighter than ever, stronger than ever and they just seem like they’re having a right old romp – cramped in a venue about as big as a shoebox, applause and circle pits (lots of circle pits) are all they need.

New track Killers & Kings sparks immense promise for the band’s future, exhuming a swathe of vigour and determination that was slightly lacking on 2011’s Unto The Locust. Basically, Machine Head are on an absolute winner, and if this song’s anything to go by, we should probably start clearing space in our ‘Albums Of The Year’ lists.

While timeless cuts Davidian and Old have security pooing their pants as crowdsurfers throw caution and limbs to the wind, it’s Flynn and Demmel’s elegant, grandiose masterpiece of a guitar solo during Halo that remains the evening’s crowning moment. This is a band that has sold millions of albums, toured the world for over two decades and also happened to tour with a little group called Metallica. Machine Head are legends, and to witness them in such an intimate setting is a truly one-off experience.

Amidst the sea of perspiring, knackered metalheads, it’s one of Robb’s self-deprecating quips that really sums up this band and its fanbase: ‘We never got to be as big as The Beatles.’ You are to us, Robb. You are to us.

http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/reviews/2014-07-30/machine-head-live-in-nottingham

KILLERS & KINGS TOUR

Just wrapped a 3 week tour of the US.  


HO-LY-SH-IT!!!

What an awesome run of shows.  I can’t even begin to tell you what an amazing experience it was doing a tour of what is known in “the biz” as B & C markets. I think I mentioned when we announced the tour that the whole point of the tour was to play places that we had never headlined, or hadn’t headlined for a loooong time.  Playing no major markets at all (LA, SF, NY, etc), and playing at least 4 hours from every major market, Machine Head dug deep into the nooks and crannies of the US, to the people who hadn’t seen MH except on a Mayhem Festival or something, and in some cases never seen us at all.  We knew going into it that we’d lose a lot of money doing it, especially by not playing any major markets, but it was a huge, Huge, HUGE success as far as we were concerned.  

Scratch that:  It was plain fucking awesome!!

Setting the bar crazy high was the one / two punch of Fresno, CA and Salt Lake City, UT.  There was a moment during the Salt Lake show where it seriously felt like a European festival show it was so crazy.  The sing-a-long at the end of “Darkness” went on FOREVER!!  They didn’t want to stop!!  It was SO freakin’ rad!!!

Billings, Montana was the next show and again, just EPIC, it was our first time ever playing in there, and they greeted us like returning kings.

Minot, North Dakota was next, and it was just flat out insanity!  I’ll be honest here, I’d never even heard of Minot when our booking agent suggested it, but he said it would be awesome and good lord he was right!  About an hour before showtime, our TM approached me and said a guy wanted to propose to his wife onstage, apparently they both loved Machine Head, both had Darkness Within tattoos of the lyrics, it was so random and cool I said “fuck it”.  And hoping for the dudes sake she said “yes”, LOL.  When it came time, I set up the scenario, (which the girl was completely oblivious to) and man, it was a genuinely sweet moment.  You could tell by the way he was talking to her, looked at her, that he really, really loved her.  

And she said “yes”.  

And the kiss afterwards…? Holy smokes, I thought for a second there, they just might start humpin’ onstage.  

First time for everything.  Very cool moment for Machine Head.

Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio were next, both first timers for us, and again, just mind-blowing shows, so intense and passionate. A bunch of friends from Chicago came to the Ft Wayne show, and we had a great hang.  Toledo was just fuckin crazed mayhem, packed to rafters, sweat drenched, and near-religious-experience.  

ROCK USA in Osh Kosh, WI was next, and I already told you about that drunken debauchery.  Though I guess the story got even better because I guess before I puked in bunk alley, I puked all over the bathroom, and apparently locked myself in there for 45 minutes while I was passed out.  OY VEY!!!! 

Nashville TN, has officially been re-named Thrashville TN, because my fuckin GOD!!!  What an crushing show!!  Seriously, unforgettable. First time headlining there in 19 years.  Blew the roof off the joint, and Nashville blew our minds and bodies.

Little Rock, AR and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma were devastating, and it was really cool to see the band supporting us Anti-Mortem play their hometown of Oklahoma City to huge success.  Check them out if you get a chance, great band, great dudes, kinda southern-rock meets Pantera, and some of the nicest dudes around.

The tour ended in Springfield MI, and I don’t know if there has ever been a hotter Machine Head show in history.  NUTZO!  Sweat was dripping from the walls, the fucking ceiling, even our non-sweat-gland-having-drummer was sweating his ass off!!  It was a magical show, people was loosing their marbles.

Thank you so much to everyone who came out these shows for making them so fucking special and amazing, we HAVE to do this again!!

First night of the UK run was in Nottingham last night, and the bar has been already been set for the rest of the UK and Europe, fucking Machine-Head-mania last night.  Our amazing UK press agents Michelle Kerr and Kirstin came out.  We had a great hang with our long-time producer Colin Richardson and his engineer Carl Bown.  Andy Sneap came out, as he and I had hung out the day before at his studio and we tracked a lead I had forgotten to do, DOH!  Between Colin, Sneap and I, after the show, MAN, “The More Things Change” stories were flowing like wine.  As they say, comedy is tragedy over time, LOL.  My face still hurts from laughing so hard, it was a GREAT hang.  Good times with good friends.

We have a day off in Edinburgh Scotland today, hoping to trip around this amazing old city, and take in some of the sites for the first time ever.

HAILS!!

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